barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Barber Music Library is located in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and houses the University’s music collections, including books, journals, scores, audio and video recordings.


The Barber Institute and its interiors have grade II listed status and has undergone very few alterations except for the provision of up to date IT facilities. The Music library boasts special Collections centred on 20th-century English music (including Elgar – diaries, manuscript scores and early editions) and Baroque music. The facilities includes:

  • Reading Room
  • Computers
  • Issue desk
  • Periodicals Room (current and back runs of music periodicals)
  • Videos and DVDs
  • Listening stations
  • Photocopy facilities
  • Audio Visual Room


The extensive collection covers most aspects of Western classical music. Strengths include collections of late 19th century music and collected editions and anthologies. Music special collections, which include the Elgar diaries, manuscripts of works commissioned by the Feeney Trust, and the Granville Bantock collection, are housed in the Special Collections department in the Main Library. The collection includes:

  • Printed music
  • Vocal and orchestral sets for loan
  • Vinyl discs
  • Compact discs
  • Cassettes
  • Video
  • CD-ROM
  • Books
  • Journals/Newspapers
  • Theses
  • Concert programmes

Disability Support

All libraries and resource centres offer the following services:

  • Book fetching
  • Extended loans
  • Help with catalogue
  • Stock transfer
  • Text Relay

N.B. These services are available in the Barber Music Library: 09.00-17.00 Monday – Friday, but there is no book-fetching 12.00-14.00

Facilities and access

  • Parking for people with disabilities
  • Quiet/Silent Study area
  • Wheelchair Access

Martin James Bartlett

Wednesday 17 May 7.30pm

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6 Hands Guitar Trio

Wednesday 10 May 7.30pm

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I Fagiolini: Flaming Heart

Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm

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The Heath Quartet

Wednesday 22 February 7.30pm

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